Why I keep on torturing myself over mindfckn movies, I don’t know, but it surely thrills me to keep on asking WHY such stuff unfold in front of my eyes.
After several discussions with my friends and sibs, I still can’t wrap my head around Looper’s concept of time traveling. It really messed with how I process such concept — maybe because I should not over analyze and accept the fact that they operate under a linear theorem.
*Please only do read ahead if you have watched the film already.
I was actually reasoning out that I will not, for the life of me, ever understand Looper’s concept of time traveling without applying the notion of Parallel Universe.
In a specific timeline, different routes can happen to you due to a parallel universe. Say, for timeline 1, JGL lived for 30 more years after killing his loop. For timeline 2, JGL killed himself to halt a legendary vicious cycle that could have been written as the Makings of The Rainmaker. Why parallel and not linear? Because, in my mind, I can’t seem to fathom why would timeline 1 happen (JGL getting older to Bruce Willis) if he already killed himself in the present? Which brings me to thinking that maybe I should apply the concept of Hermione’s Time-turner in the Harry Potter novel (
everything is Harry Potter and nothing hurts).
You still with me? I’m on (my version of) timeline 2 — since this was the focus of the movie. But before I continue, let’s be clear that they have established the phenomenon of whatever you do with your present self, it directly affects your future self. REAL TIME. Say, when JGL crudely engraved “Beatrix’s” on his arm, Bruce suddenly had scars. And because of this, I applied the Time-turner concept, which totally screwed me up. Because if JGL already killed himself in the present, WHY AM I FCKN SEEING BRUCE WILLIS RIGHT NOW? He is not supposed to exist, at all, right?
Still, they say it’s linear. And that’s how I should understand it. Thing is, my brain can’t seem to process this conceptual paradigm shift because I grew up being fixated in Hermione’s Time-turner. Why it’s more comprehensive for me, I don’t know. Please don’t ask. We have a bond. (Heh.)
Damn you, Jo Rowling and your great influence in my life. (You know that I’m totally kidding and I would very much love for you to hug me right now.)
Anyway, before you think that I’m being a smart-ass in this post, NO, I AM NOT. Certainly, there’s a flaw in my train of thought. I can sense that it’s faulty, I just couldn’t pin it down. Believe me when I say that I’ve contemplated over and over about publishing this blog post because people will get to know how I illogically process information. But maybe my brain has degraded already.
That’s freakin’ sad.
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